Pneumomediastinum revisited: we should reconsider usual classification

Melanie Dechamps, Lieven De Smedt, Said Hachimi Idrissi

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Pneumomediastinum work-up should focus on differentiating mediastinal organ injuries from alveolar rupture since these two causative mechanisms have a different management and prognosis. After an admission at our Emergency Department, we wanted to challenge the current classification into 'spontaneous' or 'secondary' pneumomediastinum, which reflects the clinical rather than the pathophysiological circumstances and is therefore confusing and inappropriate to our view. We propose a new work-up algorithm based on clinical risks factors and chest CT findings.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)211-214
Aantal pagina's4
TijdschriftActa Clinica Belgica
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - jun 2019


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